ThinkGrid, a leading cloud enablement platform vendor for the channel, today announced the launch of ThinkGrid Ceano. ThinkGrid Ceano will provide channel partners with a comprehensive range of on-demand IT Services for their small and midsize business (SMB) customers which they can order, sell, configure and manage through an online portal. ThinkGrid Ceano also gives SMB customers access to the latest applications and infrastructure offerings from vendors such as Microsoft and VMware*.
Gregg Berretta, VP Sales at ThinkGrid commented: “We are delighted to be launching ThinkGrid Ceano today. Designed to provide a simplified approach to IT delivery, ThinkGrid Ceano enables SMBs to take advantage of the latest vendor technology and source a full range of cloud-based IT services from our channel partners. Furthermore, ThinkGrid Ceano means that businesses only pay for the services and capacity they need, safe in the knowledge that these can be scaled up and down as required. With new services added on an on-going basis, SMBs will continue to benefit from access to an expanding and innovative portfolio. By reducing the cost and complexity associated with managing multiple IT suppliers, SMBs will be free to focus on what concerns them the most – their core business.”
ThinkGrid Ceano enables channel partners to position themselves as a one-stop shop for cloud-based computing, messaging, collaboration and infrastructure services. This creates a competitive advantage for resellers. They benefit from continuing revenue streams and deeper customer relationships through on-going service provision.
“Our customers are looking to gain increased efficiencies and improved performance from their IT investments as well as ensuring the integrity of their data.” States Evan Desjardins, CEO of RoundTable Technology, a ThinkGrid reseller. “They also face the challenge of how to integrate new applications with existing systems and employing the right resources to maintain these. ThinkGrid’s suite of applications allows us to provide tangible business benefits to our customers by reducing the complexity and cost of managing their IT environment while offering them the flexibility they need.”
ThinkGrid delivers a comprehensive programme of training and provides resources and support around these new offerings to their expanding network of partners in the US. For more information about ThinkGrid Ceano or to arrange a trial of the new services, please visit http://www.thinkgrid.com/
*Notes to Editors:
The ThinkGrid Ceano portfolio offers a unique range of IT services within a single contract, including:
- Hosted Virtual Desktop services, providing secure, centrally managed, personalized virtual desktops
- Virtual Servers and Infrastructure to enable remote infrastructure management (VMwareVSX 5)
- Managed Exchange 2010 email services
- Microsoft Lync 2010 unified communications for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and online meetings
- Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to support content management and document sharing
- Soonr Workplace for the creation of virtual project workspaces accessible from anywhere (Soonr Pro and Soonr Enterprise)
- Managed Virtual Firewalls and Web Security for improved protection from potential network threats
- Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery services to safeguard valuable business-critical data
- Single management interface for ordering and modifying all of the above services
The services which are underlined are new additions to the ThinkGrid portfolio
ThinkGrid is an international enabler of cloud computing that equips IT providers with the tools and help necessary to establish or expand a revenue stream from the cloud. ThinkGrid's three key component offering consists of a state of the art self-service and billing platform, productized cloud services (including Hosted Virtual Desktop, Virtual Server, Unified communications, and Hosted Email) and, above all, an enablement and go-to-market program to help partners achieve success. ThinkGrid has a partner ecosystem which encompasses over 300 partners who build and deliver public, private and hybrid cloud services and solutions for over 35,000 users, in different virtual markets and regions.
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